Radisson Blu Amsterdam City Centre Hotel Reviewed

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MenStyleFashion over the years as reviewed quite a few hotels in Amsterdam. It amazes me that some hotels still blow me away on first impressions and the Radisson Blu Amsterdam City Centre hotel is like that. This hotel which is centrally located in Amsterdam’s canal district combines a few historical buildings as well as some modern ones. The beautiful and airy lobby atrium is what binds most of these buildings together.  There are 18th-century merchant houses, a 19th-century vicarage and a former paper mill, these are all connected via modern contemporary architecture. The Radisson Blu Amsterdam has a total of 252 guest rooms which come in two design themes: Naturally Cool, very Scandinavian, and Golden Age, which has some more classical elements.

The hotel is located not far from Rembrandt Square, and the floating flower market which are both a 5-minute walk away. I 20-minute walk away is the Rijksmuseum where I went to see the missing parts of Rembrandt’s famous Night Watch painting, recreated with the help of AI.

Reception & Atrium

The feature of the Raddison Blu Amsterdam is the Atrium in which the hotel lobby is situated. It is airy and bright and uses the full height of the building. What immediately stood out was the old facade of the Pastorie Bar that is connected. From the Atrium, you can also go to the Palmboom restaurant which is incorporated across a couple of 18th-century merchant houses. From the Atrium, there is a staircase that leads to an underground walkway that connects to another part of the hotel across the road, this is also where my canal view room was located.

The inhouse Pastorie Bar is a great feature that opens up onto the Atrium. This bar used to be an old church and you can still see some features. It makes for a great place for a cocktail or a craft beer, especially so when the fireplace is lit.

The Palmboom restaurant is where breakfast is served and is named after a former grocery store that was located there. The restaurant specialises in local Dutch cuisine as well as international.

Premium Room – Canal View

Although housed in a historical building there is nothing historical bar the windows of my Premium Room with a canal view. This room has a very Scandinavian design theme with white, creams, greys, metals and wood making the colour palette. There is a cream textured wood panel above the bed and behind the pillows, the bedhead is made of aluminium. The white leather sofa chair is excellent to chill out on especially when you make it face the canal view. I liked the grey textured wallpaper that is on some of the walls. The overall look of the room is modern, comfortable and warm.

The 25m2 room has a decent size with a small inlet towards the bathroom which is used to house a desk. Here I could catch up on some work with the ultra-fast free wifi connection. For entertainment, there is a wall-mounted flatscreen TV. The kingsize bed was comfortable and so were the pillows. I loved the added touch of fresh flowers in my room, it reminded me that I was back home in Holland.

The big windows provide a gorgeous view of the Kloveniersburgwal canal towards the Zuiderkerk (church) which is featured in one of Monet’s paintings. As it was a nice day it made for the perfect view to enjoy an Aperol Spritz . More drinks can be found in the minibar which also has a kettle and a Nespresso coffee machine with enough capsules.

Kloveniersburgwal canal with the Zuiderkerk

Bathroom

The bathroom is very bright with a granite bench that houses the washing bowl. There are plenty of Radisson branded amenities available to keep me smelling and looking nice. The walk in shower has a rainbow head as well as an adjustable shower.

Breakfast

The buffet-style breakfast was served in the Palmboom restaurant and included some a la carte options. There were plenty of freshly made juices, smoothies and yoghurts. The quality of products and produce was excellent.

Conclusion

The Radisson Blu Amsterdam is in a fantastic location to explore all that Amsterdam has to offer night and day, all within walking distance. It is located in a quiet part of central Amsterdam so great for those that want to have a good rest. I loved the way how old and new come together with the modern Atrium connecting the various historical buildings together. Scandinavian Modern Design meets historical Dutch Architecture in a beautiful blend.

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